Fillers, BOTOX®, and other non-surgical treatments can temporarily keep aging at bay, but at some point, the effects of gravity, sunlight, and time will overcome these minimally-invasive methods. When sagging skin and deep creases and wrinkles start to form, a surgical approach may become necessary in order to restore your youthful look. However, it may not be necessary to undergo a complete facelift; in many cases, the desired results can be achieved with a procedure called a mini facelift.
Mini Facelift vs. Full Facelift
A mini facelift is typically less invasive than a full facelift. The procedure can usually be done under a local anesthetic instead of requiring general anesthesia. The surgeon firms and repairs the lower part of the face. General anesthesia is almost always necessary for a full facelift and the recovery time is generally longer than for a mini facelift. This type of facelift is ideal when you are looking to improve the appearance of the cheeks, jawline, and neck, rather than the entire face and neck.
What is the Recovery Like?
Exact details vary, but during the recovery period, it is important to rest as much as possible and to avoid engaging in strenuous activities. Most patients report that the recovery process is quite tolerable, and they are very happy with their natural-looking restoration.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Individuals with a sagging jawline and jowling are excellent candidates for a mini facelift. The procedure can, if desired, be combined with other procedures too, depending on the situation. If you think you could benefit from a mini facelift at the office of Chase Lay, MD in San Jose, CA, set up a consultation to discuss your desired look and whether a mini facelift is right for you. Contact us today to book your appointment!